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17 Gallon Room Tank ! ! ! NEW CO2 SYSTEM AT LAST !

Well here are the stages so far. The gear I've used is are;

Juwel Rekord 600 Tank with internal filter(Bioflo 280) and heater

15W T8 Arcadia 'Tropical' Original with High-Lite Reflector in a Monolux 60 Hood

JBL Aquabasis Plus with 1" of Fine 'Natural' Stream gravel

Mopani Driftwood

Tetra-Tec APS 150 Airpump with 1" Airstone

Fluval External Filter 105

Extra T8 Light Control Starter Unit with a 15W T8 Hagen Aqua-Glo Tube

NEWLY ADDED 8/11/2010

500gr JBL M500 Refilable CO2 Cylinder

Up-Aqua Dual Gauged Solenoid Regulator with Precise Needle Valve

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Bolbitis Heudolotti x1
Cryptocoryne Wendtii Red x1
Anubias Nana x1
Ludwgia Mullertii x1
Mayaca Fluviatilis x1

Added 21/07/2010:
Cryptocoryne Beckettii x1
Cryptocoryne Pontederiifolia x1
Cryptocoryne Ciliata x1
Vesicularis Dubyana (bunch)
Bacopa Moneri x1

Ferts
E.I Dosing

The next posts will be pictures of my aquarium setup in the different stages. Thanks!

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Stage 1

This stage includes the Proflora being laid with the gravel. And the aquarium being situated in its new place!
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Stage 2

This stage is where I have added the wood and the water. The wood was soaked for 3 days in boiling water and the water was changed twice a day. But that didnt stop it from discoloring my water when the tank was running for a few days though. So soak as long as possible!!
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Stage 3

An exciting stage at last! Adding the plants. I read up alot on the plants Im getting so I knew how to plant them, etc. Such as not planting the Rhizome on the Bolbitis or Anubias. The layout is nothing special but once the 'fill-out' a bit more they will look better (I hope!).
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Thats it so far guys. Let me know what you think. I will put more posts up when there is plant growth or deterieration (lets hope not!). Any tips or pointers would be more than appreciated. Also any idea for livestock? Im going to give it a month or so to let the plants root in nicely before I get any fish. I am looking to get some Opaline Gouramis, 2 female and one male. Zebra loach or a type of Cory for the bottom, but any ideas for this area of the tank? A dwarf chiclid or two like a Borelli's or a Blue Cheek. And a small school of fish like tetras or barbs? But any ideas are welcome. Thanks again!
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Nice tank. I like the internal filter.
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Nice tank. I like the internal filter.
Thanks! Supposedly with this tank if you get a black background its near enough non-visable. So may see what this looks like and put up a post to see what you guys think.
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it will drop out of vision with a background on the tank and really give things a very clean look.. def worth the investment.
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nice job so far. and where did you get that nice driftwood?
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dont think youll be able to mix the chililds with the tetras swan, maybe just the gouramis as the main pair then your tetras/platys/middle fish then your bottom feedin fish?
Not sure how big the otto catfish grows, does anyone know?
Ravag3d1 he got the dirft from our lfs! Has some really good pieces!
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He got the dirft from our lfs! Has some really good pieces! Looking great swan! Are your plants pearling yet?!
Next time im out our LFS I will ask where about in the world the Driftwood came from. But you know with driftwood with everything else in nature no two things are the same. But will have similar colouring. As for the pearling, the Mayaca has stoped pearling, probably the shock of planting and trimming. When the C02 gets in hopefully they will start up again!
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That looks like a great start! I would put/attach the Anubias to the driftwood though. They preffer that to being planted in a substrate.
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They preffer that to being planted in a substrate.
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Ok thanks, will take that into consideration. I have a little worry though. As seen in the picture bellow my my Wendtii Red has some small yellow spots over some of its leaves. I think it iron dificientcy in which should go away when it start absorbing from the water and substrate. But is that all they are? Please let me know if not! Thanks!

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Sorry for the rubbish quality picture, it was taken on my BB. I will use my camera from now on!
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Looks good! About abubias you can keep it in the substrate just make sure that the rhizome is not buried or it will rot. But it will looks awesome if you put it on your wood.

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As seen in the picture bellow my my Wendtii Red has some small yellow spots over some of its leaves. I think it iron dificientcy in which should go away when it start absorbing from the water and substrate. But is that all they are? Please let me know if not! Thanks!
Crypts usually melt when you plant them but that's normal all the old leaves will melt off and new ones will come in. When I move my crypt and I have a wendtii as well, it melts.

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